4-H members attend Washington Focus

Piatt County 4-H members Bethany Burger and Sophie Remmert recently traveled to Washington D.C. as representatives of Piatt County and Illinois 4-H to Citizenship Washington Focus.

Nazarene Church celebrating 75th anniversary

Monticello Church of the Nazarene will celebrate its 75th anniversary on Aug. 3 with special guest Dr. J.K. Warrick, the General Superintendent of the Global Church of the Nazarene.

School registration dates set

Area schools have announced registration dates and times. They include the following:

Planning, Zoning duties could be combined in Monticello

City officials in Monticello would like to scale back the number of people making planning and zoning commissions from 14 to seven. A proposal given to city council members Monday would keep both the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals, but they would be made up of the same seven people.

School board to decide on referendums on Aug. 14

After nearly three years of research, the Monticello School Board will decide Aug. 14 whether to put a referendum question on the November ballot to help fund construction of a new high school.

Army buddies reunite after six decades

When Vern Eggers, 83, of Indianapolis, Ind. hopped on his 2005 Yamaha Majesty scooter last Thursday to travel 148 miles to see his Army buddy Jerry Brazelton in Monticello, it was the first time they had seen each other since 1951.

Farmers see future at aerial ag show

The first Precision Aerial Ag Show was hosted on July 9-10 at Progress City in Decatur, the home every other year to the widely popular Farm Progress Show. The show offered an opportunity for farmers and other agriculture professionals to be educated on the technology and usage of drones in their operations.

Mansfield man charged in abuse case

 A Mansfield man has been formally charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of a child after Piatt County Sheriff’s Police say he molested as many as four girls going back as far as 2006.

Roadwork begins Monday in Monticello

The City Council of the City of Monticello recently approved a bid for general maintenance work upon the streets within Monticello. This work is tentatively scheduled for the week beginning Monday, July 28 or soon thereafter.

Bement wants to make park family-friendly


The Village of Bement wants to bring a family-friendly atmosphere back to its downtown-area park, and is considering a list of prohibitions aimed at getting illegal activities out of the space that includes a veterans memorial, large playground and band pavilion.

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